Willy Mason – under the Purple Spotlight – Liverpool Sound City act

Posted on 16 April 2011
By Matt Barden
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Willy Mason has toured with Radiohead, opened for Norah Jones and provided the vocals for The Chemical Brothers’ We Are the Night.

But sine his 2007 sophomore release, If the Ocean Gets Rough on Virgin Records, the Big Apple Native has found himself label-less.

Since then the rambling singer-songwriter, who has been compared to Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, has self-released a 5 track EP, So Long Baby Shoes, and will begin a UK tour in May.

The music is centred on a low-key acoustic feel and a mature storytelling voice. Mason has been labelled an old soul (Releasing his debut lo-fi folk release Where the Humans Eat at the tender age of 18), his lyrics are stripped back and rich in imagery and Americana, creating songs that much older songwriters would envy.

Taking influences from both his folk singing parents and his love of bands like Nirvana and Rage Against the Machine, his music is a blend of his folksy roots and the rebellious attitude that he took from his idols.

Willy will be appearing in Liverpool as part of the Sound City Festival on Thursday 19th May. For more information on his UK tour check out www.WillyMason.net

For Liverpool Sound City wristbands head over to www.LiverpoolSoundCity.com